Financial Crimes Against the Elderly or Disabled
Older adults and the disable fall victim to many crimes including financial crimes. There are two types of financial crimes that usually occur involving the elderly. The first category is fraud committed by strangers and the second is financial exploitation by relatives or caregivers. The crimes committed could include theft by deception, theft by extortion, or theft by taking. When dealing with the elderly, many complications can occur. If you have been wrongfully charged with a financial crime against the elderly or disabled, contact the office of Lawson and Berry today. Our Georgia Elderly Attorneys will investigate your case and help you present the strongest defense.
Financial Crimes Committed Against the Elderly by Relatives or Caregivers
Relatives and caregivers have a position of trust with the elderly. They also have a relationship with them. There are many different ways that financial exploitation can occur against an elderly person. Some of the ways this exploitation can occur include the following:
- Stealing money, property, or valuables
- Borrowing money without paying it back
- Denying medical care or services to save money
- Cashing checks without their permission
- Using credit cards for personal benefit without permission
- Forcing the elder to part with property or other valuables
- Handing out an elder's money to family and friends
These actions can occur in many different ways. Deceit, coercion, intimidation, abuse, and promises are all examples of tactics people may use to convince the elders to do what the offender wants them to do. Other crimes that can occur include identity theft, check fraud, assault.
Defenses to Financial Crimes Against the Elderly in Georgia
Whether you are a caregiver or a relative, it can be challenging to take care of older adults. They may interpret your help as being pushy and trying to take their money. They may also perceive the money spent on their care to be an unauthorized expense. We understand that you may be wrongfully charged with a financial crime against the elderly or disabled in Georgia! We know how to defend against charges of theft by deception or theft by extortion. Call our office today and find out how we can assist with your case. We understand that these types of cases can be stressful but also emotionally draining. Let us take some of the burden off of you!
How a Georgia Elder Crime Lawyer Can Help
Crimes related to the elderly in Georgia are frequent. However, we understand that the actions you have taken may have been well-intentioned and the situation was a mistake. Generally, financial exploitation is a pattern of behaviors instead of single incidents. We can use this to prove that it was a misunderstanding instead of intentionally theft. We also understand the complications that go into taking care of an elder adult and are prepared to help you today.
Call now and speak with one of our Georgia Criminal Attorneys today. Our office is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because we don't think you should have to wait until the next business day to receive an answer to your questions.